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Mulder is a Dutch language toponymic surname. It is an archaic Dutch word for "miller" (modern Dutch: molenaar). With 38,207 people in the Netherlands named Mulder, it was the 12th most common name there in 2007.[1] In Belgium the form De Mulder ("the miller") is more common.[2] The surname Mulder is also an occupational name of German origin, meaning "the maker of wooden bowls", from Middle High German mulde ‘bowl’, ‘trough’, or ‘tub’ + the agent suffix -er.[3] The majority of people with this last name though are of the Dutch name origin. This is in due part because milling is an integral part of Dutch traditional rural life.

Notable people with this name include:


De Mulder / Demulder[edit]


Fictional characters[edit]

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  1. ^ Mulder at the Database of Surnames in The Netherlands
  2. ^ De Mulder at
  3. ^ Mulder Name Meaning Mulder Family History (